I loved school growing up. I hated to miss out when I was sick, I filled my would- be study halls with a second language class, and I was truly heart broken when I got a B+ in art in fourth grade (honestly, what was that based on). But what I loved most about the actual build-up of back to school was the shopping. New outfit, new shoes, new headbands, and new supplies (oh how I loved picking out a new backpack, and yes Amy LaChance, even my trapper keeper).
Now, my girls are too little to really need anything new for “back to school” since they are in daycare and technically never left, but I have a few tips on the key staples of back to school fashion. How am I qualified? Well, I get about 50 emails a day from various stores, plus I have three fashionista nieces, and frankly, I’m into it.
1) Jeans- Durable and versatile, jeans will last at least 2 seasons and maybe even the whole year (unless you have a growth spurt). Shopping tip: Old Navy is known for great deals on denim.
2) The Hoodie- Perfect for late summer evenings and fall mornings, the hoodie is the perfect jacket for the “I don’t like jackets” kid. Shopping tip: Kohls Jumping Beans zip-up hoodies are soft, warm, and easy on the wallet.
3) Sneakers- I won’t even pretend to know the “it” style this season (there are people who get paid a lot of money for that), but I do know every one needs a good pair of kicks. Shopping tip: Make sure you get fitted, whether its at Stride Rite for your toddler, or Nike to get a fresh pair of Jordan’s for your teen, it’s important that growing feet get the support they need.
4) The “Go-to” Piece– Every child has a favorite outfit or piece of clothing they are most comfortable in. For my nieces, this is their Tea Collection dresses provided every year by their awesome grandmother. For my brothers growing up this usually meant a pair of nice Khakis. Regardless of what it is, this is the piece of clothing your child will be asking you to wash so they can wear it again, tomorrow. Shopping tip: Since this varies by individual my only shopping tip is to hit up the off-season sales to get this since it’s likely a given your young ones will want it come September.
5) Accessories- Hair bands, clips, scarves, jewelry…the list for girls is endless, but even the boys need a couple of good belts. Shopping tip: There are actually entire stores dedicated to accessories, like Claire’s (and a mom favorite, Charming Charlie’s). Target also has a great selection for girls and boys.
So, did I miss anything? What’s on your shopping list this year?
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